Under the FDCPA, or the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, a consumer has the right to request that a collection agency cease and desist all communications with them. The request must be made in writing. Here is a sample cease and desist letter. There are also a variety of other credit repair letters here at 724credit.
As always you should tailor the letter to your specific circumstances.
Your Phone #
Dear Collection Manager,
Re: Account Number__________
Pursuant to my rights under federal debt collection laws, known as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, be advised that your services are no longer desired.
Immediately cease & desist all attempts to collect the above debt. Failure to comply with this law will result in my immediately filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the [Insert your home state here] Attorney General’s office. I will pursue all criminal and civil claims against you and your company.
Let this letter also serve as your warning that I may utilize telephone-recording devices in order to document any telephone conversations that we may have in the future.
Furthermore, if any negative information is placed on my credit bureau reports by your agency after receipt of this notice, this will cause me to file suit against you and your organization, both personally and corporately, to seek any and all legal remedies available to me by law.
Since it is my policy neither to recognize nor deal with collection agencies, I will settle this account with the original creditor.
Please rectify this situation quickly.
After the collection company has received the cease and desist letter they can only contact you to tell you that their collection efforts are being terminated or to notify you if they are planning to invoke specific remedies such as further legal action.
For more information about collection agencies, see this Collection Agency FAQ?s.